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The Paradox Of Sleeping Your Way To Success.

Good thinking is your most valuable assets and you will become successful if you put in the effort to nurture your thinking. After all, great successes first began with great ideas and great ideas comes from good thinking.

Success demands good thinking. No longer can anyone simply hustle their way to success. Good thinkers think differently and innovate. They do things differently because if they were to do what everyone else are doing, they will get what everyone else are getting. Perhaps marginally more if they hustle harder. There are people  so trapped in their way of thinking that they refuse to do things differently. They would hustle as hard as they can for that marginal rewards. Sleep to them is so painful because every minutes spend sleeping meant lesser time for hustling and thus lesser rewards.

But little did they know that just by sleeping, they can think better, come up with better ideas, execute their ideas better and be more successful with the same amount of efforts. There is no point in working hard if the idea is bad, even less so to trade your sleep for time to hustle for that bad idea. Furthermore, sleep deprivation does not simply stop you from being success, it pushes you away further from success. Sleep deprivation can result in a host of health and mental problems, stopping you from the daily hustle and pounding you need to become successful.

Sleeping help you think better. Neuroscientists have found that during sleep, neural connections that are important are being strengthened, allowing your brain to consolidate experiences and memories for easy retrieval. This allow newly-learned skills to be applied with much ease. Neural connections that are less important are being removed, allowing you have clearer thoughts so you can focus on the things that truly matters.

Good thinking is the most valuable assets that anyone can have. The ability to think differently, spot unique business opportunities and innovate are the hallmarks of a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have flourished during tough times when they had nothing but their good thinking. For example, Jan Koum the founder of Whatapps had to rely on social support before selling his company to Facebook for 19 billions dollar. Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing have to work for long hours when he was 15 before founding his own plastic company. Good thinking alone can make people successful so it does pay to nurture it. Sleep well so you can think better and succeed earlier.

Sleeping makes you more productive, make you feel more awake, gives you sharper thoughts and basically everything you need to be productive. Just like how a logger who spend half his day sharpening his axe will cut more trees in the remaining half of the day than a logger who spend his whole day cutting trees with a blunt axe. Every hour spent sleeping will make the remaining hours of your waking cycle even more productive. A person who have slept well will get more things done and done well compared to someone who pull an all nighter. For a budding entrepreneur whose chances of success lies on the quantity and quality of his/her work, sleep is no doubt a necessity.

Next, sleep deprivation can result in a host of health and mental problems.

Firstly, your brain get damaged when you do not have enough sleep. Neuroscientist have found that during sleep, tiny canals between your brain cells open up and sped up fluid exchange between brain fluids and cerebrospinal fluid. This exchange of fluid is important because it flushes out toxic metabolic byproducts especially beta amyloid. In a recent study, rats injected with beta amyloid display signs of rapid brain cell losses. Furthermore, high concentration of beta amyloid are found in patients suffering from Alzheimer diseases. Clearly, metabolic byproducts like beta amyloid are harmful to your brain.

Unfortunately, these toxic metabolic byproducts are removed only during sleep and sleep deprivation would meant accumulation of these toxic metabolic byproducts, damaging your brain cells in the process. Damage brain cells is definitely unpleasant for entrepreneurs who are constantly relying on their thinking skills to pivot them ahead of their competitors.

Secondly, sleep deprivation creates stress. Stress can be nasty, when a person is stressed out, their immunity will be lowered. Lower immunity meant higher rate of infections and studies have shown that worker working in shifts tend to be sleep deprived, stress and have higher chances of getting cancer. Furthermore prolonged exposure to stress will cause your blood glucose level to rise eventually leading to diabetes.

Thirdly, your body will seek out artificial stimulants to compensate for the lack of sleep. Common stimulants include coffee and cocaine and when over-consumed, lead to overstimulation of your brain and prevent you from going to sleep. People will eventually resort to alcohol to sedates them so they can fall asleep. But relying on alcohol to sleep is harmful as alcohol inhibits beneficial neural processing that is going on during memory consolidation and memory recall. The benefits of sleep is no longer there if you relies on alcohol to sleep.

In conclusions, people often sacrifice sleep to work harder, thinking that sleep is a waste of time. However, hard work is never enough to create success, it must go hand-in-hand with good thinking. This is because good thinking generates great ideas of which great successes are developed from. Depriving oneself of sleep just to work harder is not good as sleep deprivation prevent you from attaining higher cognitive functions needed to succeed in life. Also, sleep deprivation also put you in a position where you are even less likely to succeed as sleep deprivation can result in a host of problems from lower immunity, diabetes and alcoholism. Therefore, if you want to be successful, sleep and sleep well. Nurture your most valuable assets: your brain and you will be well rewarded.



Russell Foster – Why Do We Sleep – TedTalk


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